Problem: no locking around IPv6 prefix structures in prelist_remove
steve.read at netasq.com
Mon May 26 09:38:39 UTC 2014
-- Steve Read
On 26.05.2014 11:24, Bjoern A. Zeeb wrote:
> On 26 May 2014, at 09:11 , Steve Read <steve.read at netasq.com> wrote:
>> I have recently encountered an interesting double-free crash in prelist_remove() (management of IPv6 prefixes used by interface addresses) using a modified version of 9.2. We've seen this once.
>> It appears that two userland threads tried simultaneously to remove the last interface address that referenced a particular prefix, and both, therefore, tried to remove it from the global list of prefixes. (Feel free to correct my interpretation of the purpose of prelist_remove and how it is invoked.) One of them succeeded, and the other was left holding a chunk of free()ed memory, and crashed when trying to delete it.
>> I looked at the code surrounding this function, and I can find no sign of locking around the prefix list or, indeed, anywhere in the call-stack (sys_ioctl=>kern_ioctl=>soo_ioctl==>ifi_ioctl=>in6_control=>prelist_remove). I looked in HEAD, and this part of the code appears to be more or less the same, in particular the question of locking.
>> Should I submit a PR (no, we can't retry with a generic kernel)?
> No need to for either.
> markj@ has a patch to fix a good deal of racy prefix list locking which needs review and testing.
> Bjoern A. Zeeb "Come on. Learn, goddamn it.", WarGames, 1983
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